The lower league side had the worst possible start on home soil as Maximilian Sauer's handball allowed Jadon Sancho to break the deadlock from the spot with just 14 minutes played.
Al Duhail opened the scoring in the 12th minute as Abdullah Al Ahrak cut inside from the right flank and unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that nestled into the roof of Adel Al Hosani's net.
Domenec Torrent's team looked a shadow of the side that dominated Brazilian and South American football last year as Independiente secured their third win from as many matches and rose to the top of Group A.
Marco Rose's men threw everyone up front but got caught flat-footed following a corner, as Sancho had a lot of green ahead and teed up for Haaland, who put the result beyond doubt after wrapping up his brace in the 78th minute.
"I always thought when I did leave that I would love to come back one day, the opportunity has now arisen and I feel like it is a good fit at a good time. I am hungry and motivated to do well for the team. I can't wait to get started," said Bale, who will wear the number 9 shirt.
The region's qualifiers are scheduled to begin in October, more than six months later than originally planned because of the global health crisis.
Torrent, who replaced Jorge Jesus as the Rubro-Negro head coach in August, has endured a turbulent start to his tenure at the Rio de Janeiro club.
Mexico will host Costa Rica at Azteca stadium on September 30 before meeting the Netherlands in Amsterdam on October 7.
Osaka's announcement came just hours after the French Open organizers were forced to reduce the maximum of spectators per day from 11,500 to 5,000, with the coronavirus situation deteriorating in France recently. Enditem
The club again has put its future in the hands of brilliant but inexperienced up-and-coming players.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Denmark Open in Odense, a BWF World Tour event, will proceed as originally planned in the BWF Tournament Calendar from October 13 to 18.